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Hamblen County Represented at Title 1 Conference

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The Hamblen County Department of Education had several presenters at the 30th annual East Tennessee Title 1 Conference held recently in Gatlinburg.

The Title 1 Conference is hosted and planned by the Title 1 Directors and School Administrators of East Tennessee in order to provide quality professional development for teachers and staff working with the students of East Tennessee.

Presenters from the Hamblen County School District include:

  • Autumn Jennings, ELL instructor, on Best Practices for Working with English Language Learners
  • Jaime Greene, Instructional Coach, on Differentiated Instruction Made Easy
  • David Freeman, Lincoln Elementary Teacher, on “Get Their Heads in the Cloud: Using Cloud Computing in the Classroom”
  • Lincoln Middle teachers Gerri Edwards, Mona Gordon, Nikki Smith, on Meeting the Math Standards with Manipulatives and Activities
  • John Hay Principal Kim Dyke and teachers Misty Hance and Donna Noe, on Professional Learning Commities, What Does that Mean to Me?
  • Instructional Coaches Jaime Greene and Kim Dean on Reading, Writing and Technology All-In-One
  • Lincoln Elementary teachers Heather Stubblefield and Christine Redding on Signing for Success
  • Chris Greene, Eric Helton, and Daniel Lemelin, West View teachers, on Standards Based Assessment
  • Ron Coffey and Jason Coffey, Fairview-Marguerite teachers, the Tennessee Bluebook Bluegrass Boys on Tubby the Turkey and Your Learning Style
  • Teresa Ayers, school-community coordinator, and Teresa Templin, podcaster, on Using Technology to Connect with Parents and the Community
  • Union Heights principal Chuck Carter and Whitesburg teacher Donna Meade, on Write to the Point/Schoolwide ownership of the fifth grade TCAP Writing Assessment

“The purpose of the conference is to provide teachers an opportunity to explore and disseminate successful educational practices, explore programs and strategies that will improve student achievement, and provide current information on NCLB guidelines and regulations,” said Eva Thompson, district reading specialist and Title 1 board member.

John Hay principal Kim Dyke said, “The Title I conference presented research-based strategies to help teachers and administrators build resources to address our new rigorous curriculum standards.  Many workshops were focused on integrating technology, collaborating with colleagues and parents, and building motivation in students and staff.  The conference was a very enlightening experience in which educators had the opportunity to learn and share ideas with one another.”

“Chuck Carter and Donna Meade had an excellent presentation,” said Whitesburg Principal William Southern. “Hamblen County was well represented.”

“We sent nine teachers and they were able to hit several sessions individually and by doing this we will be able to share more information with all of our teachers,” said Union Heights Principal Chuck Carter.  “From the feedback I have received the conference was packed with excellent presenters and strategies.”

West Elementary teacher Amy Cannon said, “The Title I conference is an excellent way for teachers to network to address the most current issues in education.  The information I gained was both interesting and practical.  Some of the new ideas I found can be put into practice immediately to better address the needs of my students.”

Teresa Murph-Smith, assistant principal at Russellville attended a workshop entitled Drawing a Line in the Sand.  “The concept was to emphasize that building relationships with students is far more important than test scores. AMEN!!!,” she said.

Autumn Jennings, ELL teacher, said, "I appreciate the variety of sessions available at the conference.  You can learn how to motivate students, relieve personal stress, and decipher the eye-opening lyrics of your students' favorite songs in just a few hours."

“The Title I Conference was probably the best one I have ever attended.  I participated in sessions all day Wednesday and Thursday all of which were exceptional,” said instructional coach Paula Davis.  She noted two math workshops that were outstanding - one on problem solving and the other on using math journals in the classroom. 

 Davis, who has been trained in video conferencing, decided to attend a workshop that included ideas for using video conferencing in the classroom.  “This is a relatively new instructional tool accessible to Hamblen County teachers,” she said. “I am excited to have the opportunity as an Instructional Coach to share this strategy with fourth and fifth grade teachers in our district.”

She added that the conference offered “excellent workshops as well as opportunities for collaboration with some of the best educators in East Tennessee.”